16 January 2019 - 11 Shevat 5779 - י"א שבט ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Israel’s Transport Minister invites Japanese participation in Middle-East infrastructure projects E-mail

On a three-day visit to Japan in October, Israel’s transportation minister, Israel Katz, announced a far-reaching proposal that could radically transform the geopolitical landscape.

Katz, who doubles as minister of intelligence, invited Japanese participation in multibillion- dollar projects to dramatically improve infrastructure in the Middle East. Israel’s goal, he said, was to establish itself “as the ultimate gateway between Europe, the Mediterranean and the Gulf countries, to transport goods from east to west and bridge three continents”.

Katz intends to propose ambitious, unprecedented cooperation between Israel and the Sunni Arab world, along with simultaneous plans to help the Palestinians in both Gaza and the West Bank. His plan is twofold: one part would be a land bridge dubbed “Tracks for Peace”, and the second part would be an artificial island off the Gaza Strip.

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